30 VERDICT ON lyniA through the window. About a hundred little boys were squatting on the floor, gazing at a blackboard on which a young man was tracing letter* in. Canarese. They made the prettiest pictureŚ the rows of dusky faces and the snow-white eyes turning from right to leiU like marbles rolling on a dark cloth. I drc^v bock my head from the window and strolled round the corner of the building. And there, to my surprise, were twelve littb boys, sitting on a bench, huddled together as though they were frightened of something. 'What are those little boys doing? Are they in disgrace or something ? * The young Hindu guide answered me. 'They are of the Scheduled Classes,' he said curtly. I stared at the little boys, who had huddled themselves closer together. They were thin and almost naked and none too clean, but they swv* little boys, after all. Each of them was 'somebody's bairn/ as one might say, if one were sentimental and Scotch. Perhaps one should have kicked up a row about it. Those kids were supposed to be allowed into the schools. They had passed all sorts of laws for their protection in this State. But what could one do ? If one reported the matter it would only get the teacher into trouble, and it probably wasn't the teacher's fault. He looked a decent sort of chap even though he was half starved orx his 25 rupees a month. It was more likely due to the parents of the children inside. S;> I walked away and left the little outcasts to their f<ite, straining their ears towards the window, listening to the teacher's voice. Now and then one of them would scribble something in a tattered notebook. Young India, getting education. SCENE THREE. A dinner table in Peshawar. Dramatis personae, Pandit Malaviya and B-----, one of the leaders of the opposition iu the legislative council. The year is 1903, and Peshawar is full of bustle and excitement, for there is a great conference in full swing, which will settle the fate of the Hindu-Sikh minorities. The veixerable old Pandit is being entertained by B-----, ancS they are both anxious to please each other.